Review Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch Notebook

Daniel Schmidt (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 04/24/2014

Quiet worker. A conservative Intel Core i7, a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia and a fast SSD ensure great system performance. The manufacturer promises and delivers long battery life, despite all these powerful components. Find out more about this model in our in-depth review.

For the original German review, see here.

The Chinese manufacturer offers a powerful and slim multimedia notebook in the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch. Furthermore, the notebook offers great battery life (over 10 hours). The notebook fulfills the requirements to be called an Ultrabook and is thus tagged as such on the hand-rest regions. A conservative Core i7 offers sufficient performance alongside a fast SSD. Other configurations are also available.

Processor Core i5-4200U Core i7-4500U Core i7-4500U
RAM 4 GB DDR3 8 GB DDR3 8 GB DDR3
Storage Device 500 + 8 GB SSHD 128 GB SSD 256 GB SSD
Price 799 Euros (~$1105) 999 Euros (~$1381) 1,199 Euros (~$1658)

The predecessor, the Lenovo IdeaPad U510, has little in common with our test model. The series has been almost entirely updated by the manufacturer and is only similar on the outside. The U510 was plagued by a few flaws last year. The notebook chassis was not resistant and the feedback of the keyboard was not good. The panel was also relatively dark.

The competition is strong. They also use Intel Core i7-4500U processors but employ different dedicated graphic cards. The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15 uses a GT 740M and the Dell Inspiron 15 has a GT 750M. We will discuss how the U530 performs against the competition in the following in-depth review.

Case

The metal case looks good.
The metal case looks good.
However, small workmanship flaws are annoying.
However, small workmanship flaws are annoying.

The case of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 is composed of metal-covered components, which are comfortable to the hand. From the sides, the notebook reminds us of a thick MacBook Air and gives us a good impression. The weight of 2,328 grams is not light by any means, but considering the size, it is within reasonable limits.

The metal-cased display is resistant but lets itself get bent inwards as easily as before (in the predecessor). If pressure is applied to the back of the panel, the screen reveals a slight wave. The borders of the display can be pressed inwards in many places. When closed, the gap between the panel and the base is not even.

The base of the 22 mm thick notebook is very resistant. The hand-rest regions and the lower regions of the case are made of metal and are resistant to pressure. The black cover is prone to gathering a lot of fingerprints and smudges. Sadly, both parts of the notebook have rather sharp edges, dropping our rating of the workmanship, despite the good material, to decent.

Connectivity

The connectivity of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 is typical. One of the two USB 2.0 ports can charge devices even when the laptop is turned off, but this feature has to be turned on in the BIOS.

The integrated card reader supports MMC and SD cards. Unfortunately, these cards cannot be inserted very far and tend to jut out of the laptop. The positioning of the ports is relatively close but overall good. Both left- and right-handed users can have enough space left to use an external mouse freely after plugging in all the ports.

Front
Front
Rear
Rear
Left: Novo button, LAN, HDMI, USB 3.0, Audio
Left: Novo button, LAN, HDMI, USB 3.0, Audio
Right: card reader, 2x USB 2.0, power
Right: card reader, 2x USB 2.0, power

Communication

In terms of connectivity, the test model is well-equipped: A Gigabit-LAN port and a WLAN module from Intel (supports IEEE-802.11 standards - b/g/n on the 2.4 GHz frequency). Like many of the competitors, the 5.0 GHz frequency is not used. The range is decent: At a distance of 20 meters from the router (Fritz!Box 6360), the connection quality was good enough to surf the web. Bluetooth 4.0 is on-board and works without issues. This allows us to stream music comfortably.

Accessories

The provided accessories are limited to the power adapter (65 W). Special accessories for the IdeaPad U530 are not offered but universal extras, like mice, headphones, bags and external drives are available.

The bottom can be opened up.
The bottom can be opened up.

Maintenance

The bottom of our test model can be removed: 14 screws need to be taken out. After removing these, the hardware components are well-accessible. The fan can be easily cleaned out. The securely integrated battery can be switched if required (in case of defect). The hard drive and the CMOS battery are also accessible.

The RAM cannot be upgraded and only a single slot is available, preventing us from using dual-channel mode. However, the notebook has a free M.2 slot (42 mm) which can be used for flash storage.

Warranty

24 months warranty is provided by Lenovo for the IdeaPad U530. If you want longer periods, take a look at the available service packets (starting at 51 Euros, ~$70) which are available for a premium. It is possible to ensure the laptop for up to three years with "on-site" service on the next workday and "accidental damage" warranty (275 Euros, ~$380).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 is described as an "AccuType keyboard" and offers comfortable typing with few typing errors. It is a decent input device, which has a backlight and is quiet. The QWERTZ keys are each 15 x 15 mm, smooth and rounded near the bottom. The stroke distance is rather short and the pressure point is precise. After getting used to the keyboard, the user can work very comfortably. The keys are placed a little too close to the cursor keys. This and the small "Shift" key on the right side lead to a few mistakes while typing.

We like the full-sized numeric pad and the fact that the Num and Caps lock button have an integrated status LED.

Touchpad

The touchpad of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 is 110 x 70 mm big and fits perfectly in the case. The smooth surface ensures good sliding properties and allows the user to move the cursor accurately. The two integrated mouse keys have a clear pressure point, but they are hard to press and often cause the cursor to jump. Multi-touch gestures are supported and executed well.

Touchscreen

The touchscreen of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 supports up to ten fingers. Its surface has good sliding properties. Input is received well and executed quickly. Near the borders, the input device works reliably. Due to the chosen resolution, even the icons on the desktop are easy to choose with touch.

AccuType Keyboard
AccuType Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

The 15.6-inch large panel of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch comes from the manufacturer Chimei Innolux and has a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. This results in a ratio of 16:9 and a pixel density of around 100 PPI. This is not very high and each pixel can be distinguished by the naked eye. However, this phenomenon is not disturbing and is advantageous when using the touchscreen, as Windows 8 has Modern UI (with tiles), as well as Desktop mode which is often hard to use with a touchscreen due to small icons. Multimedia fans will miss the Full HD resolution and we find the large gap between the synthetic material covering the panel and the display itself a little annoying. This is the reason why the user will feel like the input spaces are floating.

The predecessor, U510 (max. 211 cd/m², 80%), was relatively dark. Unfortunately, Lenovo has not improved in this area. In fact, the test model reaches a max of 192 cd/m² in our test. The distribution of brightness is more balanced at 84%. The TouchSmart 15 (max. 171 cd/m², 68%) offers even lower values. However, the Dell Inspiron 15 (max. 293 cd/m², 84%), is far better with its bright display.

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Distribution of brightness
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Maximum: 192 cd/m²
Average: 178.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 192 cd/m²
Black: 0.49 cd/m²
Contrast: 392:1

The black value of 0.49 cd/m² does not depict true black. The contrast of 392:1 is average too. The two competitors perform better in this area. The TouchSmart 15 may have a low brightness but it offers a great black value (0.21 cd/m², 681:1). The LG Philips panel in the Dell notebook is best: It is far brighter than the competitors, offers a good black value (0.25 cd/m²) and has a high contrast ratio of 1,084:1.

The color accuracy of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 is not great either. The mixed colors and gray levels (dE 7/8) did not impress us and at times we could see the deviations with our naked eye. The resulting blue tinge can be alleviated after calibration. The color space coverage is not optimal for picture and video editing. The sRGB color space coverage is a mere 56%.

Gray levels (sRGB, uncalibrated)
Gray levels (sRGB, uncalibrated)
Mixed colors (sRGB, uncalibrated)
Mixed colors (sRGB, uncalibrated)
Color saturation (sRGB, uncalibrated)
Color saturation (sRGB, uncalibrated)
sRGB (56%)
sRGB (56%)
AdobeRGB 1998 (40%)
AdobeRGB 1998 (40%)
ProPhoto RGB (18%)
ProPhoto RGB (18%)

Outdoors the laptop is hard to use due to the low brightness. If you sit in the shade, the panel will be legible but it will be hard to enjoy a film or photos. If you are in bright surroundings, the display is hard to read, as it reflects very strongly.

The panel reflects strongly.
The panel reflects strongly.
Outdoors, not much is visible.
Outdoors, not much is visible.

The viewing-angle stability is not great. However, we did not expect much due to the TN panel. The panel of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 can accommodate a single user. In this case, the brightness loss stays within limits if one looks at the panel from the side. If the panel is pushed too far back, the colors invert quickly.

Viewing angles of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch
Viewing angles of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch

Performance

The test model is equipped with an Intel Core i7-4500U of the Haswell generation. Aside from the Intel HD Graphics 4400, the system also uses an Nvidia GeForce GT 730M. The 8 GB RAM is quite a lot but it works in single-channel mode, which leads to performance restrictions. The flaw can not be alleviated as there is only a single RAM slot. The SSD provides a significant boost to the system.

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System information Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch

Processor

The Lenovo IdeaPad U530 uses an Intel Core i7-4500U, which has two physical cores. These cores have a base clock speed of 1.8 GHz and can be boosted up to 3.0 GHz (Single Core) via Turbo boost 2.0. If both cores are used simultaneously, then the boost can offer a max of 2.7 GHz. Thanks to Hyper-Threading, we can process up to 4 threads. The TDP value of the conservative ULV processor (Ultra Low Voltage) is a max 15 W (incl. the IGP).

In Cinebench R11.5, the scores are at the expected level. In the single-core test, the system scores 1.33 points whereas in the multi-core test, the laptop scores 2.74 points. This means it is slightly slower than the HP model (Multi: 2.84 points). During the benchmark, we observed brief clock speed drops which could be the reason for our test model lagging behind its HP competitor. In the Single-Core test, the Haswell CPU is only slightly slower than the quad-core CPU of the ATIV Book 8 (Intel Core i7-3635QM), which has about 400 MHz more speed. This shows the improved performance per MHz between the two generations.

On battery, the performance of the CPU drops strongly. This is due to the fact that it operates at minimum clock speed. This is good for the runtime, but when we ran demanding tasks, these performance limitations are easily noticeable.

Cinebench R15 (Single-Test)
Cinebench R15 (Single-Test)
Cinebench R15 (Multi-Test)
Cinebench R15 (Multi-Test)
Cinebench R15 (Multi-Test on battery)
Cinebench R15 (Multi-Test on battery)
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch
GeForce GT 730M, 4500U, Samsung SSD SM841 128GB
2.74 Points ∼16%
Dell Inspiron 15-7537
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Samsung SSD SM841 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV
2.12 Points ∼12% -23%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.45 Points ∼14% -11%
Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tkk
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.63 Points ∼15% -4%
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n010sg
GeForce GT 740M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.84 Points ∼16% +4%
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01
Radeon HD 8870M, 3635QM, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6.46 Points ∼37% +136%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch
GeForce GT 730M, 4500U, Samsung SSD SM841 128GB
1.33 Points ∼48%
Dell Inspiron 15-7537
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Samsung SSD SM841 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV
1.09 Points ∼40% -18%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.13 Points ∼41% -15%
Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tkk
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.31 Points ∼48% -2%
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n010sg
GeForce GT 740M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.13 Points ∼41% -15%
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01
Radeon HD 8870M, 3635QM, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.38 Points ∼50% +4%
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.33 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.74 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
38.31 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
44.04 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
117 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
260 Points
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System Performance

The system performance of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 is great. This is due to the collaboration of the fast processor and the fast SSD. Windows 8 wakes up within seconds and the boot process is quick as well. This is confirmed by the PCMark 7 benchmark (4,702 points). The benchmark always gives high scores to systems with a fast storage device. In this test, the test model can surpass even the Samsung ATIV Book 8 (3,290 points), which employs a mere HDD.

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch
GeForce GT 730M, 4500U, Samsung SSD SM841 128GB
4702 Points ∼71%
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n010sg
GeForce GT 740M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
3034 Points ∼46% -35%
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01
Radeon HD 8870M, 3635QM, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3290 Points ∼50% -30%
Dell Inspiron 15-7537
GeForce GT 750M, 4500U, Samsung SSD SM841 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV
5454 Points ∼82% +16%
PC Mark
PCMark 74702 points
PCMark 8 Home v22934 points
PCMark 8 Creative3111 points
PCMark 8 Work v24958 points
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Storage Devices

CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

The Lenovo IdeaPad U530 uses a Samsung SSD SM841 for storage. The drive offers 128 GB storage space and is very fast. It delivers good benchmark results. The sequential read rate (513 MB/s) and read rate of small files (4k, 29 MB/s) are quite good. In the Dell Inspiron, the Samsung 840 Pro (536 MB/s / 37 MB/s) offers good speed rates as well as it is one of the fastest drives on the market.

The single flaw of the drive is the meager capacity. Lenovo makes matters worse by partitioning the drive further, so that only 56 GB is free and this is distributed over two partitions. There is not enough space on the drive for large software, like SPECviewperf 12.

Samsung SSD SM841 128GB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 354.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 409.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 397.2 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 144.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.5 %

Graphics Card

Clock speed behavior GT 730M (plugged in)
Clock speed behavior GT 730M (plugged in)
Clock speed behavior GT 730M (on battery)
Clock speed behavior GT 730M (on battery)

The Lenovo IdeaPad U530 has two graphics processors. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1,100 MHz) performs quite well in everyday use. If more performance is required, then Nvidia's Optimus technology automatically switches over to the dedicated GPU, an Nvidia GeForce GT 730M. The model has 4 GB DDR3 RAM and uses the new GK208 chip, which has a 64-bit memory interface.

Our test model scores 5,177 points in the 3DMark Cloud Gate benchmark. This is a good performance, but the competitors, HP (GT 740M, 5,466 points) and Dell (GT 750M, 5,766 points) have stronger GPUs. The latest drivers must play a vital role in this case as well as BIOS settings, which are missing in the Inspiron 15, which drops its Physics values. The Acer Aspire V5-573G has the same GPU as its competitor from Dell, but due to its weaker CPU it can only offer lower scores.

On battery, the full performance of the dedicated GPU is available, which means the user can game on the go.

Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch
Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Samsung SSD SM841 128GB
Asus Zenbook UX302LG-C4014H
Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Kingston RBU-SC400S37256G
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n010sg
Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Dell Inspiron 15-7537
Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Samsung SSD SM841 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
Intel Core i5-4200U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
3DMark (2013)
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6%
21%
14%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score51775117
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5466
6%
5766
11%
5855
13%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics71416678
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9957
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1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics26382815
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2826
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2398
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3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
8281 points
3DMark 111763 points
3DMark Ice Storm45785 points
3DMark Cloud Gate5177 points
3DMark Fire Strike1001 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme475 points
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Gaming Performance

The gaming performance of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 is above-average. The middle-class graphics card Nvidia GeForce GT 730M offers sufficient performance for most games. Older or less-demanding games run at full details. The latest 3D shooters will require the user to lower the settings. This notebook is ideal for occasional gamers.

low med.high ultra
Metro: Last Light (2013) 302318fps
GRID 2 (2013) 976043fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 252011fps

Emissions

System Noise

The noise emissions of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 lie in a comfortable region. While idle, the fan hums at a max 32 dB(A).

At load, the test model does not get much louder and hits a max emission of 37 dB(A). The competitors have higher values in this case. The Inspiron 15 can reach up to 42.5 dB(A) and the TouchSmart 15 reaches up to 50 dB(A). This is due to the stronger GPUs which require more cooling.

Noise Level

Idle 31.4 / 31.4 / 32.0 dB(A)
Load 34.6 / 37.0 dB(A)
 
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min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test: CPU @ 2.3 GHz; GPU @ 875 MHz.
Stress test: CPU @ 2.3 GHz; GPU @ 875 MHz.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U530 has a great cooling system. While idle the surface temperatures stay under 27 °C. At load we measure up to 42 °C, which means the test model is far cooler than the competitors. The HP TouchSmart reaches up to 44.1 °C and the Dell Inspiron hits 51 °C.

In the stress test, the test model is quite good. While running FurMark and Prime95 simultaneously for over three hours, the system stays stable. The GPU executes its tasks without dropping in performance. The processor has to throttle down to 2.3 GHz. This means that it is still clearly in the Turbo range. In everyday use, such extreme situations will never occur. The 3DMark06 benchmark we ran right after our test revealed that the laptop offered the same performance after a stress test as it did before we started.

 25.9 °C26.8 °C24.7 °C 
 24.6 °C25.5 °C24.0 °C 
 23.8 °C23.4 °C24.0 °C 
Maximum: 26.8 °C
Average: 24.7 °C
24.7 °C26.5 °C26.2 °C
24.5 °C25.0 °C25.1 °C
24.5 °C24.3 °C24.8 °C
Maximum: 26.5 °C
Average: 25.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  28.3 °C | Room Temperature 21.6 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The integrated stereo speakers of the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 give us a good impression. High notes are clear but tend to echo with the default settings. This can be fixed using the Dolby Home Theater equalizer provided. The bass is thin. Overall, the sound is much better when the laptop is on a solid surface.

The audio output via the jack is good. Audio streaming via Bluetooth works without issues.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

While idle, the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 consumes 5.4 - 6.9 W. In this case, the conservative Haswell CPU can shine. The test model consumes a little less than the Inspiron 15 (5.4 – 9.9 Watt), which has a much brighter panel.

The max power consumption is measured using a stress test. The U530 is very conservative and requires a max 41.9 W. The larger power consumption of the competitors is probably due to their stronger GPUs. It is surprising that the TouchSmart 15 requires a max 42.5 W. This is mainly due to the heavy throttling it suffers from during the stress test.

The power adapter of the U530 has a performance of 65 W. It is more than enough for this laptop.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 5.4 / 6.7 / 6.9 Watt
Load 40.8 / 41.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The Lenovo IdeaPad U530 uses a 52 Wh battery and thus achieves very good runtimes. The max runtime surpasses the specification of the manufacturer.

In our surfing via WLAN test, the display is set to 150 cd/m² and all modules are turned off except WLAN. We run a script which loads a website every 40 seconds. In this test, the test model lasts nearly 11 hours. This is a great value and the competitors, HP TouchSmart 15 (4:36 h) and the Dell Inspiron 15 (6:32 h), lie far behind.

Under the same conditions, we run a Full HD video on the U530. This test completes with a runtime of over 8 hours. This is also a great runtime but in this case, we could clearly notice the throttling of the CPU while on battery. However, the video still ran fluidly.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 34min
WiFi Surfing
10h 59min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 36min

Verdict

In review: Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch. Test model provided by Lenovo Deutschland.
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch. Test model provided by Lenovo Deutschland.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch is a quiet work mule. The performance is sufficient for most tasks and occasional gaming is possible. If you travel a lot, the battery life will see you through long journeys and the slim design does not hurt either.

The flaws are glaring: The workmanship is good but it is not perfect. The manufacturer does not repeat the mistakes made in the U510 but instead makes several new ones. The largest flaw is the panel. The resolution could be higher (considering the panel size) and a bright, IPS panel would have done this model a world of good. However, as such, the test model should not be used in bright surroundings. While we are on this topic, the Dell Inspiron 15 has the best display in this category.

The excellent runtimes, the backlit keyboard and quiet fan, make the U530 an interesting device. Media playback with decent speakers would be a nice extra, if it were not for the modest display. The notebook leaves us with mixed feelings, but it will find buyers.

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In Review: Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch . Test model provided by Lenovo Deutschland.
In Review: Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch . Test model provided by Lenovo Deutschland.

Specifications

Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
:: Memory
8192 MB, PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM, single channel
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M - 2048 MB, Core: 405 - 875 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, GK208, 28 nm, DDR3 memory, 9.18.13.3523 (ForceWare 335.23), Nvidia Optimus
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, 10 points multi-touch, Chimei Innolux N156BGE-EA1, TN LED, anti-glare, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Samsung SSD SM841 128GB, 128 GB , 55.5 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: SD, MMC, Intel WiDi
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-N 7260 (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22 x 385 x 258
:: Weight
2.328 kg Power Supply: 0.232 kg
:: Battery
52 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 7,4 V, 7,100 mAh, 4 cells
:: Price
999 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.9 MP (1280 x 720), Speakers: Stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater, Keyboard: AccuType, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter (65 W, 20 V, 3.25 A), Motion Control, VeriFace, SugarSync, Energy Manager, Dragon Assistant, Microsoft Office (Test version), McAfee IS (Test version), 24 Months Warranty

 

The aluminum look makes the U530 feel very high-quality.
The aluminum look makes the U530 feel very high-quality.
The display measures 15.6-inches.
The display measures 15.6-inches.
The 1366x768 pixel resolution is acceptable but the screen is too dark.
The 1366x768 pixel resolution is acceptable but the screen is too dark.
The backlit keyboard.
The backlit keyboard.
The bottom is made of metal too.
The bottom is made of metal too.
Fourteen screws must be removed to take off the bottom flap.
Fourteen screws must be removed to take off the bottom flap.
All components are accessible.
All components are accessible.
The RAM cannot be upgraded further.
The RAM cannot be upgraded further.
The speakers are quite good.
The speakers are quite good.
The storage device can be easily swapped out.
The storage device can be easily swapped out.
The integrated battery offers 52 Wh.
The integrated battery offers 52 Wh.
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Pro

+Good performance
+Very quiet
+Excellent battery life
+mSATA-Slot
+Backlit keyboard
+SSD
 

Cons

-Small storage space
-Dark and reflective display
-Workmanship flaws
-Only single channel RAM possible

Shortcut

What we like

The notebook is very quiet and has great runtimes.

What we miss

A brighter display with higher resolution would be appropriate for this price class.

What surprises us

How quiet a notebook can be at load and yet offer such good performance.

The competition

The competitors are Dell Inspiron 15, HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15, Acer Aspire V5-573G as well as V7-582PG and Samsung ATIV Book 8.

Rating

Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch
04/08/2014 v4
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
62 / 95 → 65%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
91%
Display
65%
Games Performance
76 / 93 → 82%
Application Performance
75%
Temperature
91%
Noise
90 / 95 → 95%
Audio
70%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
74%
79%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Daniel Schmidt, 2014-04-24 (Update: 2014-04-25)